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If Anschutz Buys 35% of Chargers, Say Bye-Bye

According to NBC Sports, Toronto-based sports personality Bob McCown of the Fan 590 reports that Philip Anschutz "has or will" purchase 35% of the Chargers. Billionaire Anschutz is angling to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, and recently announced his desire to buy all or part of a team. This came at roughly the same time the Chargers said a piece of the team is for sale. McCown says the alleged Anschutz purchase is "apparently" the first step in the team's move to L.A. -- something, despite its denials, it has desired for a dozen years. Here's one that should scare Chargers fans: earlier, the team's spokesman Mark Fabiani said, "If AEG [Anschutz Entertainment Group] buys a piece of the team, then people have a right to be concerned."

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According to NBC Sports, Toronto-based sports personality Bob McCown of the Fan 590 reports that Philip Anschutz "has or will" purchase 35% of the Chargers. Billionaire Anschutz is angling to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, and recently announced his desire to buy all or part of a team. This came at roughly the same time the Chargers said a piece of the team is for sale. McCown says the alleged Anschutz purchase is "apparently" the first step in the team's move to L.A. -- something, despite its denials, it has desired for a dozen years. Here's one that should scare Chargers fans: earlier, the team's spokesman Mark Fabiani said, "If AEG [Anschutz Entertainment Group] buys a piece of the team, then people have a right to be concerned."

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Bad timing-fans might stay away from the remainign games, especially if they start losing.

One thing is certain, this city will save billions if they leave...........

Nov. 30, 2010

NOTE: FABIANI SAYS RUMOR NOT TRUE. Last night (11 p.m.) Chargers spokesman Mark Fabiani sent an email to reporters saying that, "There is no truth to the rumor out of Toronto that the Chargers have agreed to sell a portion of the team to Mr. Anschutz." His statement seemed to calm the buzz on the Internet, although the stories are not likely to cool down much, since Anshutz wants a team or part of one, and the Chargers are willing to sell a part of theirs. Anschutz wants to build a stadium in downtown L.A. There was also a rumor that basketball legend Magic Johnson may join with Anschutz's AEG to bring a pro football team to L.A. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 1, 2010

That's just lawyer speak...While it probably TRUE the Chargers have NOT "AGREED" to sell a portion of the Chargers. I would not doubt Mr. Spanos, an adept and sophisticated negotiator, is in the "process of reaching an agreement". Lawyer talk is always full of loopholes and language specifically designed to confuse and obfuscate the truth.

Dec. 1, 2010

You may well be right. That word "agreed" could be the slippery one. It would not make sense for the Chargers and Anschutz to reach agreement, at least publicly, now, because Chargers attendance would get hit quickly. Then there would be the question of what the team would do until the stadium was built in L.A. -- if it is ever built. if the two sides reach agreement, they will try to keep it secret until they figure out where the Chargers will play the next three seasons, or more. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 1, 2010

I believe, with the current labor strike just over the horizon, things will be on hold until a new collective bargaining/labor agreement is reached between the player's union and the owners.

Dec. 2, 2010

I don't think that will affect the move, or potential move.

I just don't see a strike as something that would hold up the grand plan of the Spanos Crime Family.

Dec. 2, 2010

WHenever I hear these rumors, it scares the sh&t out of me.

No, not because the Chargers may leave...

It's because I can't help wondering what back room deal is going on for a new SD stadium that will then be "leaked" so they can say, give us this, or we'll be moving ...

Dec. 1, 2010

Obviously, you have figured out that your reaction is exactly what the Chargers want: they want to scare the sh*t out of you. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 1, 2010

I love the team, but hate the owners.

Good bye Chargers, I will miss you greatly, but would rather keep the tax billions in the cities pocket than Spanos's pocket.

Dec. 1, 2010

Yeah, but Spanos wants all the money he can stash into his pocket. That is why the team has coveted L.A. for a dozen years, but kept San Diego as a second choice in case the league didn't want the Chargers to move, or some other team or teams got first or second crack at the L.A. market. Best, Don Bauder

Dec. 1, 2010
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